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|Title: Prayers for Hope and Healing: Seeking God's Strength as You Face Health Challenges|
By: Sarah Forgrave
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 4.00 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW971515
Amid Pain and Weakness...There Is HOPE
Serious or chronic medical issues bring a litany of painful and confusing feelings that only someone else who's been in a similar situation could possibly understand. Sarah Forgrave has walked the difficult road you find yourself on. And she empathizes with the uncertain future you face.
No matter the road ahead, you don't have to face it alone. Even in the depths of your worst emotional and physical pain, God is right there beside you, offering His comfort, love, and peace.
As you read these heartfelt prayers and devotions, let this book be your manual to help navigate the difficult set of emotions that come with health issues. Read it front to back or go directly to the devotion addressing how you feel at any given moment...when you need it the most.
Above all, know that you are never, ever alone.
"When my husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in his mid-thirties, confusion and questions about a suddenly unknown future set in. How I wish we had a prayer guide such as Sarah Forgrave's Prayers for Hope and Healing to give us the words we lacked. The verses, thoughts, and prayers in this book are a balm for the soul. Whether you or someone you love is facing a medical crisis, this book offers truth and hope to anchor your heart and mind during these confusing times. With kindness and understanding, Forgrave guides you to the heart of the Father, who loves you deeply and reminds you He is near even though He may feel far away."
Amelia Rhodes, author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community
"I had no idea when I first received a copy of Prayers for Hope and Healing how very personal this book was going to be for me. But now that I find myself in a fight against stage 4 lymphoma, I realize what a gift Sarah Forgrave has given us all. This is a book that will help you pray in the midst of struggle and crisis when you thought no more prayers were left. It's practical and compassionate, and it will encourage not only to those who are facing illness, but also those who love those who are facing illness."
Dave Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and former chair of America's National Prayer Committee
"As a family physician, I have learned that true health is more than just a cured disease or medicated problem. Medical illnesses affect our relationships and challenge our faith. Pain and strife cause us to ask tough questionsthe same tough questions that Sarah Forgrave addresses in Prayers for Hope and Healing. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have asked these questionsor will. This book is real and honest and points us to the One who has the answers and true healing. If you are going through difficult medical issues or love someone who is, I would recommend these prayers of hope."
Andrew M. Cougill, MD
"Author Sarah Forgrave understands the hard places of life. Her prayers give voice to our own struggles and help us connect with the One who can see us through. Prayers for Hope and Healing is more than a book to read once and put on a shelf. For me, it will be a well-worn volume with a permanent place on my bedside table."
Edie Melson, author of While My Child Is Away: My Prayers for When We Are Apart
"After 40 years of making hospital visits, I will feel comfortable giving this book to others. Caregivers and those they care for are asking these questionsheart-wrenching questions that need to be addressed. If you're going through hard times, it's likely you've wrestled with many of the 44 devotional themes in Prayers for Hope and Healing. Sarah Forgrave's gentle manner shines in these pages, and her thoughts will touch the hurting and help them to realize they are not alone. Each guided prayer in this book is a prompt toward hope."
Jim Littlejohn, pastoral care minister
"Sarah Forgrave's Prayers for Hope and Healing is a beautiful and tender expression of the inexpressiblewhen we can't find the words to pray because the need is so great. Birthed from her own place of pain and healing, the book Forgrave has created addresses the multiple appendages of a deep heart need with authenticity, vulnerability, and faith made stronger through adversity. Her sensitivity to include a breadth of potential concerns makes this book rise above others on the subject of prayer."
Cynthia Ruchti, author of 20 books, including Ragged Hope and Tattered and Mended
"As I read each of the chapters of Prayers for Hope and Healing, I remembered so many of my former hospice patients. I found myself thinking how valuable a tool this book could have been for those patients and their families. The simplicity of the devotional thoughts are strengthened by the very personal prayers. I'm praying that many will find true spiritual strength and grace in difficult times as a result of this book."
Reverend Wayne Shidler, retired hospice chaplain
"Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave is a breath of fresh air for my weary soul. As a breast cancer survivor and pulmonary fibrosis patient, I have been through my share of medical issues. Sarah meets my feelings of fear and discouragement with the empathy only someone who has walked this path can have. At the same time, she offers hope and encouragement from God, who wants to walk this road with me.
"Sarah's kind words help me know she understands what I am going through. She helps me reach out to God when I'm weary by providing me with words to pray and Scriptures that offer me hope no matter what. As a patient with a terminal illness, this book will be my constant companion, bringing me comfort as I walk my final path to Him."
Kim Fredrickson, author of Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend
Author: Sarah Forgrave
Submitted: October 03, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. Sarah Forgrave is an author and wellness coach who loves encouraging others in their health and faith journeys. In addition to her book, Prayers for Hope and Healing (Harvest House, October 2017), her writing credits include contributions to The Gift of Friendship, Guideposts A Cup of Christmas Cheer, and the webzine Ungrind. When shes not writing or teaching, she loves to shop at Trader Joes or spend time with her husband and two children in their Midwest home.
What was your motivation behind this project? I spent the first year-and-a-half of my son's life on long-term disability, going in and out of surgeries as I tried to recover from childbirth complications. It was an incredibly dark and difficult road, and I found it hard to talk openly with others about the challenges I faced. A few years later, I walked with my sister through her heart transplant. As I watched pastors visit with her, I found myself wishing for a resource that could be an extension of their ministry -- a bedside companion that could meet people right where they are and connect them with God. Those were the seeds of inspiration behind this book.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope for 3 things in particular: (1) that they'll feel less alone in their struggle, (2) that they'll feel permission to be authentic with God about how they're feeling, and (3) that they'll sense His presence and see a glimpse of the hope He offers.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The book that has impacted my walk with God the most -- and ultimately the prayers in this book -- is The Papa Prayer by Larry Crabb. It opened my eyes to the fact that God wants authentic relationship with me, not just checklist prayers.